Less than a month ago, our teeth endured the sweet, sticky, sugarcoated treats from Halloween. Now it is time for the next holiday that challenges the health of our teeth, Thanksgiving. In an effort to minimize the dental damage, we at Smiles On Broadway have compiled a list of the good, the bad and the starchy foods of this all-American food fest.
Foods That Are Good to Gobble
Turkey – Protein-rich foods like Tom Turkey can be good for your teeth. Turkey contains phosphorus, which helps strengthen teeth when combined with Vitamin D and calcium.
Yams – Yams are naturally sweet. So hold the gooey, sticky marshmallows. If you must sweeten them up use a small amount of brown sugar or molasses.
Veggies – Vegetables like beets, broccoli, carrots and celery contain high amounts of vitamin A and C, which help to repair gums from periodontal disease.
Pumpkin – Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin C and Calcium, a great combination for strengthening bones and teeth.
Cranberry Sauce – Cranberry is the most tooth friendly food of the day. Research indicates hat cranberries contain compounds that disrupt the development of plaque-causing bacteria…as long as you serve real cranberries and not the stuff that keeps the shape of the can.
Turkey Day Hall of Shame Foods
Pecan Pie – A sticky, sugary, chewy disaster for teeth. At least pumpkin pie has vitamins to offer.
White wine – Even though it does not stain your teeth like red wine, white has a high pH and packs an acidic punch that can erode teeth.
Stuffing, cake, rolls – Pretty much, all the good stuff. These carb-loaded, starchy foods are great for causing tooth decay.
We don’t want to ruin all of your holiday fun. Go ahead and indulge…in moderation. We won’t tell. Just be sure to brush your teeth after your big holiday meal. Bon Appetit!
After the holidays, be sure to schedule an appointment with our wonderful hygienists Fran and Tina or Drs. Katz and Schwartz so that we can assure you that your teeth and gums can survive the barrage of goodies this coming weekend. Give us a call at 516-599-0883.